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Day 181. Social Media for Scientists

In february 2013 on February 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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Can scientists use social media?

Well, yes. Many of them very well.

Others however, either don’t know where to start or are missing a few key pointers on how to get the most out of their online communication tools.

To fill this gap, Australian company Bridge8, in collaboration with Econnect Communication, the Australian Science Media Centre and Scitech has launched a new online course – Science Media Space – for scientists to learn how to maximise their use of social media.

The course, developed as part of the federal government’s Inspiring Australia strategy, will deliver 10 modules over 10 days, between 30 minutes and 1 hour a day. It will show scientists how they can use a range of social media more effectively and maximise their interactions with the broader public. Two free courses will be run – one this month [February] and one in March 2013. Australian scientists and researchers interested can register here.

Course modules address topics such as why social media is important, how to write good tweets, Facebook posts and blogs, how to overcome bloggers’ block, guidelines for social media interaction and how to create the ultimate online profile. Scientists can study from home, the office or the lab and activities are completed in the Science Media Space dedicated forum. Daily feedback on modules and activities will be given by us at Bridge8 and Econnect Communication.

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[image thanks to SidewaysSarah on flickr]

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